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Verdi: Requiem

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Verdi's Requiem is one of the most frequently performed works of the choral repertoire, and one of Verdi's most important nonoperatic works. In this new handbook, David Rosen discusses the work's composition and performance history, and analyzes each of the seven movements, considering Verdi's interpretation of the liturgical text, with reference to settings by Mozart and Cherubini. Rosen also considers the work's coherence and the controversial issue of its generic status?the ...

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Overview

Verdi's Requiem is one of the most frequently performed works of the choral repertoire, and one of Verdi's most important nonoperatic works. In this new handbook, David Rosen discusses the work's composition and performance history, and analyzes each of the seven movements, considering Verdi's interpretation of the liturgical text, with reference to settings by Mozart and Cherubini. Rosen also considers the work's coherence and the controversial issue of its generic status—the degree to which it is "operatic."

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"The handbook is concise yet packed with information....Rosen's book would make a fine addition to the choral director's library. Whether used as a guide for listening or as a resource in preparing for performance, Verdi: Requiem offers insight, perspective, histprical backgorund, and critical analysis with clarity and conciseness." Lewis W. Gordon, Choral Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521397674
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/1995
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 852,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The genesis of the Messa da Requiem per l'Anniversario della morte di Manzoni 22 maggio 1874; 2. The premiere, subsequent performance history, and performance practices; 3. Requiem e Kyrie; 4. Dies irae; 5. Offertorio; 6. Sanctus; 7. Agnus Dei; 8. Lux aeterna; 9. The Libera me and its genesis; 10. Two revisions; 11. The 'unit... musicale' of the Requiem; 12. A question of genre; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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